Underdog Super Bowl


Gavin Haines (Junior), Reporter

The Super Bowl has been one of the largest sporting events in history since it began in 1967. The Bengals will face the Rams in Super Bowl 56. For the second year in a row, one of the teams will have home field advantage. Last year the Buccaneers were the first team ever to win a Super Bowl at home.

“I’m really excited for this game, I really want to see Joe Burrow and the Bengals win,” said Junior Cannon Morton.

The Bengals are making their third ever appearance, the first being in 1981.The Rams, on the other hand, are making their fifth Super Bowl appearance, and their second in the last four years. Los Angeles last appeared in the big game in 2018, when the Patriots defeated them, 13-3, in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl of all time.

“I think this will be a very exciting game, both teams haven’t played each other this year, there should be a lot of scoring,” said Senior Brayden Crum.

The Rams last won the Super Bowl in 1999, when they beat the Titans, 23-16, in Super Bowl 34 to cap a drastic turnaround as the “Greatest Show on Turf.” Burrow is finishing just his second NFL season. At 25, he’s looking to become one of the youngest QBs to ever win a Super Bowl, behind just Ben Roethlisberger (23), Patrick Mahomes (24) and Tom Brady (24). Burrow is looking to be the first ever first round draft pick, former Heisman winner, and national champion to win a Super Bowl.

“To overcome the injury he did last year, and then to be the first ever quarterback to accomplish that feat would be really cool to see,” said Senior Braxton Stoops.

The Rams are currently favored to beat the Bengals by four points. L.A. boasts two of the game’s top defensive players at their respective positions, however, with Aaron Donald at defensive tackle and Jalen Ramsey at cornerback. The two have a combined 13 Pro Bowls, 10 All-Pro honors and three Defensive Player of the Year awards. The Rams are seeking their first Super Bowl win while playing in Los Angeles. Their last and only Super Bowl win, in 1999, came as the St. Louis Rams, their name/location from 1995-2015.

“I would love to see Stafford win his first Super Bowl after him being in Detroit for so long on a very bad team,” said Junior Korbyn Sloggett.